The 9th floor

Radio NZ has announced:

What is it like to run the country? What does it mean to make a ‘captain’s call’?

And what does leadership look like from the 9th floor of the Beehive?

Only six people alive today know what it’s like to be Prime Minister of New Zealand.

In a landmark new series for radio and podcast, RNZ Morning Report presenter, Guyon Espiner, talks at length with five of our six former Prime Ministers about political events and decisions that have shaped New Zealand over the past thirty years.

Sounds a good series.

RNZ will release a new episode of The 9th Floor each week over five weeks from Friday 7th April with content posted first on the RNZ website. Online versions will run between 50 and 75 minutes and will be available on, iTunes, and all usual podcast platforms. Radio episodes, almost an hour long, will be broadcast two days later after the 7 am news on Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman.

The interviews will be released in chronological order, starting with Sir Geoffrey Palmer (1989-1990) posted online this Friday and on air Sunday 9th April.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer will be followed by Mike Moore (1990), Jim Bolger (1990-1997), Dame Jenny Shipley (1997-1999), and Helen Clark (1999-2008). …

The 9th Floor can be viewed online at and an edited radio version will broadcast on RNZ National just after the 7 am news on Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman.

Mike Moore’s interview may be almost as long as his Prime Ministership!

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